Steamed Crabs in Ocean City, Maryland
The paradox of OC MD - you can't get good crabs there
Looking for good crabs, money not important
I used to live in OC, and we'd go to Hoopers. Not sure if it's still there. Phillips is a little too touristy, although not terrible.
The best crabs are generally at shacks where they steam to order and you take them home with you. No rush to eat them, you supply the requisite beer, and there are plenty of cold crabs to snack on afterwards. Crabs to Go in West Ocean City are fantastic.
Crab Alley. It's on the mainland just after you leave OC via the bridge, hang a left on Golf Course Rd. On the right, maybe .5 miles.
I got carry out crabs from the Crab Bag on 130th street... they have a nice deck out back that some neighbors liked. The crabs were very good.
I have tried Hoopers and Crab Alley a few times; sad to say the results were mixed for both across 4 - 6 visits. I will investigate said Crabs To Go, and have an alternative provided by a friend, somewhere in Ocean Pines, that I shall report on as well.